Date Joined: 07/29/06
Pros: Performs as expected, never any issues. Works great as an OS drive for my Gigabyte Z77 board's mSATA slot.
Cons: Does not perform as well as a regular SSD.
Overall Review: I bought an ATX board that has a built-on mSATA slot. I think this is a cool way to have the OS drive "on-board". It's performance is not on par with a dive like an M4 or Vertex 3 however, so there is the rub.
Pros: Black, works as long as nothing touches it.
Cons: Relatively expensive. If it is touched or moved the least bit, it loses connection and then you have to play with it to get your monitor back on.
Overall Review: I have no other brand or replacement to compare to, are they all this touchy? As long as you'll never move your PC, and nothing will ever even slightly touch it, it will work.
Pros: Small, decent looking case for a low-power build.
Cons: HOT! Horrible air circulation with PSU mounted directly above CPU. No accessory fan mounts, so you have no options to improve airflow.
Overall Review: I put a simple dual-core Llano (FM1) build in this case using the integrated GPU. Just with media center tasks, the top of the case gets very, very hot and the stock fan howls at full speed. I would not buy another one.
Pros: Great for my large hand, performs perfectly in FPS games, like the DeathAdder 3.5G I had before it.
Cons: #1, on-the-fly sensitivity isn't instant like the 3.5G was. #2, and more important: Forcing users to create an account and log in to use the software? Make all the excuses you want Razer, this is SHAMEFUL and ridiculous. I can't tell you how irritating it is to me that I'm forced to create an account to use hardware I paid for. There is absolutely NO GOOD REASON this software needs to be online with an account.
Overall Review: Honestly if another brand makes a mouse I like as much as the DeathAdder, I will switch. That's how insulted I am by the Synapse 2.0 software. I hope this isn't a trend that is picked up by other companies. There is enough invasion of privacy and monitoring of people through software already, now your hardware wants to keep track of you??
Pros: Nice size, matches the green color scheme of my rig. Not dust and particle sensitive like a metal mouse mat. Stays put and never slides. My Deathadder 2013 has a pre-set for it.
Cons: None for me
Overall Review: The size of this mat is perfect for my style. I had a rocketfish metal mat which was great, but any spec of dust or hard particle would grind under the mouse and this became very irritating. This mat it textured and soft, so has no problem with dust. NEVER moves out of place.
Pros: Great color, very bright which is what I wanted. Very good airflow without excessive noise. They look great from the front AND from the side. Rubber and screw mounts included as well as a Molex adapter.
Cons: Honestly none for my experience.
Overall Review: I used 6 of these in a Xigmatek Elesium build on my main rig, 3930K/GTX680 etc, and they complement the high end quality nature of this rig. I wanted to go all green and these are by far the best looking I've ever seen
Pros: Cheap, cosmetically pleasant. Eventually holds your hardware.
Cons: 2.5" bays point directly toward the CPU, which means once any cooler taller than stock intel is mounted, you won't be removing any drives without pulling your cooler or the entire mobo. Plastic HDD retention tabs don't engage easily, and break if you push too hard. 2 of mine broke, and I work with my hands for a living so I'm not heavy handed. No chance of cable management, very cramped with no cabling channels. Three 3.5" bays but only two 2.5", strange choice. If you like clean builds with attention to detail, you will NOT like this case. If you're cool with a sloppy mess inside a box, you'll probably give it 4 stars.
Overall Review: I was fooled by the good reviews. I've been building PCs for 10+ years and this case is a piece of junk. Not even a front LED fan included! Building in this case was thoroughly unenjoyable. I almost decided to throw it away and pick up something else, that's how unpleasant this case is. They could have aimed the 2.5" bays out toward the side, like everyone else, and added 1-2 more 2.5" slots easily. I can barely get a drive in/out past the stock intel cooler, which is unacceptable.
Pros: Effective drive bay connection, solid aluminum unit with a padded carrying case if you want extra protection. SSD speeds maintained. Extra connector cables to connect VIA USB on the fly if needed.
Cons: The docking tray is plastic and a bit flimsy, but works fine. It would be nice to have the option of TWO docking trays, or a tray you can buy separately, so this unit could be shared between two PCs via the SATA2 dock. As it is I would like one but would have to buy the whole package to get it.
Overall Review: I have used quite a few docking units to back up office data and carry it off-site. They are usually too bulky, or too flimsy. This one seems to have everything covered, and I can do a quick SSD to SSD backup and take it with me at the end of the day. The only thing lacking is to have a second dock for a PC off-site.
Pros: Looks great in the window of the white case I modded. Drives 2xGTX560 Ti SLI and an overclocked 3570K without a problem. Modular system is nice and the connectors look great and seem very solid.
Cons: It's a longer unit which was not a problem for my application, but be sure to check if your case has room for both the length of the unit AND the extra length of the connectors which add another inch or so.
Overall Review: Great looking unit that performs flawlessly in an overclocked gaming rig that gets used by my kids daily for hours during the summer.
Pros: Awesome performance on fresh drive so far on both Z77 and X79 boards. No issues with Windows 7 X64 install, firmware didn't need updating. Very nice looking satin black with beveled, polished edges. Thinner than other SSDs I have.
Cons: No mounting bracket for 3.5" bay.
Overall Review: Beat the M4 I have pretty soundly, on Z77/SATA6 AS-SSD seq read 515 seq write 374. 4k-64Thrd 330 read / 287 write. Total score 1036, pretty amazing, total score for my M4 on same controller is about 750. Faster than all my other single SSDs, and I have many.
Pros: Awesome, versatile, extremely cross-mobo compatible RAM. I've got one set running 1600 @ 8-8-8-24 1T /1.5V and the other 1866 @ 8-9-9-24 2T / 1.5V. Both motherboards had issues running major high-end competitor's RAM at rated specs. Not a single issue with the Samsungs after dialing them in.
Cons: Not as pretty as the RAM with giant heatsinks, but they'll fit under any CPU cooler you have.
Overall Review: I will not buy any other RAM from now on. It's that good.
Pros: I have two of these now, and I'm completely happy with them. Put it side by side with anything close to this price and it will put them to shame. The picture is sharp, deep and just about perfect color/brightness/contrast right out of the box for text, webpages, pictures, movies or games.
Cons: Base only tilts. Takes a while to display after booting. Fast PCs will be past the POST screen by the time it displays. No mounting holes. Glare if you have sunlight coming into the room (same for any glossy display).
Overall Review: For the price, these are awesome. I give 5 eggs to this monitor because the picture is that solid and barely needs any adjustment at all. Makes other monitors I have look weak.
Pros: Price is right. Performance is good for the price. Keys are low-effort silent type. Pleasant to type on, those who like that style will like them. My female crew likes them.
Cons: Mouse is light and feels cheap. Mouseclicks are very loud. I'll repeat that, LOUD, as if the cheap casing amplifies the sound. Keyboard is silent, mouse shockingly loud. Strange combo.
Overall Review: For the price they are a decent workstation setup. I wouldn't want to use them at my own workstation because of the loud mouse and IMO overly soft keys.
Pros: G-Skill reputation, nice heatsinks, runs fine at 9-9-9-24/2N/1.5V@1866.
Cons: Will not run stable at its XMP profile (8-9-9-24/2N/1.5V/1866) with X79 (Asrock X79 Extreme6/GB). Bluescreens, instant Prime95 Blend failure at rated XMP profile. It will run stable changing to 9-9-9-24 or rated timings at DDR3 1600.
Overall Review: I have many G-Skill RAM sets, one of the few times I've been dissapointed. At first I though there must have been a bad module, random bluescreens, Prime95 Blend failing instantly, memtest86+ errors. Before sending an RMA I moved to 1600, and it runs error free. Likewise setting CAS 9 (9-9-9-24/2N) it is stable. I'm pretty sure that if I get an RMA set, it will do the same (after doing some googling). At 9-9-9-24, it's still a very nice set of RAM compared to competitors at 1866/1.5V, so I'll probably just keep it.
Pros: When it works, it works great, transfer speeds are as an internal SATA drive. To use both slots, you'll need port-multiplying capability on your mobo's SATA ports. I only need it for one slot so I don't care.
Cons: Sometimes does not work, seemingly random. I suspect it's more an issue with hotswapping SATA in windows 7 than a true problem with the unit, because on reboot it always works.
Overall Review: I use it once/twice a week for backups and data transfer and for updating firmware on SSDs etc. I can live with a reboot once in a while to make it work.
Pros: Replaced an expensive Monster adapter (wife bent it) with this one. It works perfectly fine at a fraction of the cost.
Overall Review: I'll never pay for cables or adapters at retail home-theater stores ever. HDMI works over the cheap connectors just like it does over the expensive ones.
Pros: Very happy with this processor. Bought this for a low-power, small size HTPC that would handle Blu-Ray playback and output HDMI. Excellent performance and great price. Though it's a dual-core, it has plenty of power for HTPC duty. VERY snappy.
Cons: none for my application
Overall Review: I was unsure about using a dual-core, but this APU has more than enough speed for an HTPC and the on-die vid is much stronger than the i3-based machine I built a few months back. I'm very pleased with this processor.
Pros: I did not have any of the problems others had with changing BIOS settings. Using 1.5V DDR3 1600 Cas8 and an A4 3400, it runs great at rated speeds. UEFI BIOS is cool but see cons. HDMI works well when running Win 7 x64.
Cons: Navigating the BIOS through HDMI to an HDTV was problematic. The screen doesn't scale well and sometimes the vid starts ghosting on itself. A couple times I had to reboot to bring back a usable screen. Runs very well when being used, but has an issue with sleeping: Unit enters sleep properly, but I return to find it running but unresponsive. When I reset it, it enters windows saying "system has resumed from standby".
Overall Review: At the price, I feel it should have more features. It's very barebones but for my application (low-power mini-ITX HTPC through HDMI) it has what I need.
Pros: Bought this unit for a Llano-based minimal-power HTPC. The price was decent for a mini-ITX that included a PSU, and I trust Thermaltake PSU build quality as I have had a perfect record with them. Size is OK for mini-ITX.
Cons: Looks cheaper and larger than in pictures, very poor airflow with no way to add fans. Top gets hot even with my low-power build. In the pics it appears to have a uniform satiny black finish. In actuality it's semigloss over textured metal which contrasts with the smooth plastic front. This case won't impress anyone.
Overall Review: The only fan in this unit is in the PSU, and it's very weak. There's no provision to mount another fan. It's tall and long, and could easily have mounts for a 120mm fan on either side, which it should have. For my build, it won't matter, but even with a A4 3400 using on-die GPU, the top of this unit gets hot inside a media cabinet. If you use a dedicated graphics card, this thing would be burning hot.
Pros: Paired this with an A4 3400 and Asrock A75M-ITX. No problem with BIOS setup, worked at rated speed and voltage. Great price for the latency and speed the Llano on-die GPU needs.
Cons: None in this application
Overall Review: Made for a very snappy Llano based HTPC. Researched Llano, there is a benefit for low-latency DDR3 1600, and best to use 1.5V units. This ram fits that bill perfectly at a great price.
Pros: PCIE x1 connection, DTS Connect, Dolby Live, FP audio connection, install was a breeze. Optical out works perfectly through 5.1 reciever. I used the drivers from Creative's homepage and installed each part individually.
Cons: None for me.
Overall Review: I used this to replace an X-Fi Prelude PCI that was blocking my GPU Fan intake. I'm using it in an HTPC through optical out to a Denon reciever for games, music etc. Downloaded drivers from Creative, no problems installing whatsoever.
Pros: It will indeed hold PC hardware. Looks decent when finished. It wasn't bad to build in, just shockingly light and flimsy.
Cons: Flimsy, easy to dent/bend. I wouldn't put any decent hardware on the obviously low-end PSU inside, but nobody should be putting any higher end hardware in a case this cheap.
Overall Review: It wasn't bad to work in, and looked OK when finished. You should assume the PSU will die somewhere around 6-12 months. Always a risk the cheap PSU will kill some hardware.
Pros: Good price for a 23" business monitor. Good control set, switches inputs easily with 2 quick button pushes. Decent sharpness on text.
Cons: This unit is not going to dazzle with quality of colors, separation, movie watching or gaming capability if you have used monitors that are higher quality in those areas.
Overall Review: Great choice for an inexpensive workstation monitor for business apps where a nice 23" expanse is desired.
Pros: Not the fastest drive around, but a great value. Put two together in RAID 0 and you've got a very fast 120GB setup. Or throw one in a netbook or HTPC.
Cons: Not as fast as other drives.
Overall Review: Price balances performance. Great way to get into SSD RAID.
Pros: Slightly better performance than the on-board AMD controller (M4A79XTD Evo). Nice and small. I installed it first (you need a drive attached, any random drive will do, or it won't install properly since it won't be active) onto my existing OS, THEN moved the boot drive onto the card.
Cons: Installation not explained clearly.
Overall Review: Read up on installation. You need to use the driver off the CD, and install from device manager. After that it will work fine. You also must have a powered-on drive attached, or it won't install properly.